Book ID: CBB001213599

Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment (2013)


Monod, Paul Kléber (Author)

Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: x + 430 pp.; ill.
Language: English

"The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are known as the Age of Enlightenment, a time of science and reason. But in this illuminating book, Paul Monod reveals the surprising extent to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and other giants of rational thought and empiricism also embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult. Although public acceptance of occult and magical practices waxed and waned during this period they survived underground, experiencing a considerable revival in the mid-eighteenth century with the rise of new antiestablishment religious denominations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radicalism of the French Revolution and into literature in early Romanticism. Even when official disapproval was at its strongest, the evidence points to a growing audience for occult publications as well as to subversive popular enthusiasm. Ultimately, finds Monod, the occult was not discarded in favor of "reason" but was incorporated into new forms of learning. In that sense, the occult is part of the modern world, not simply a relic of an unenlightened past, and is still with us today"--

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Authors & Contributors
Osler, Margaret J.
Principe, Lawrence M.
Giuntini, Chiara
Biener, Zvi
Findlen, Paula
McGuire, J. E.
History of Religions
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Cambridge University Press
Lexington Books
Cornell University Press
University of California Press
Science and religion
Occult sciences
Roman Catholicism
Newton, Isaac
Locke, John
Boyle, Robert
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Hume, David
More, Henry
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
16th century
Great Britain
United States
Theosophical Society

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